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Winsted hurlers too much for Torrington P-38's in 6-2 loss at Walker Field. By Intern Ethan Shea.

POSTED June 27, 2018
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

By Ethan Shea

Tuesday’s American Legion game at Walker Field in Winsted between Winsted Legion Post 43 and the Torrington P38s, outside of the top of the second, was quite the pitchers’ duel.

Both Torrington starter Nick Balducci and Winsted starter Mike Oley threw quick one-two-three innings to begin the game.

In the top of the second inning though, Balducci lost a bit of control, walking four batters and giving up three hits that led to all six of the home team’s runs.

Torrington pitching would settle down however, only allowing three more hits for the rest of the game as Balducci, along with Kyle Blanche in the sixth, held Winsted scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Unfortunately for Torrington, Winsted pitching was dominant.

Oley threw six terrific innings, allowing just two runs on three hits, while Zach West needed just seven pitches to get through the seventh.

Torrington did manage to hit a few balls relatively hard though, including a second inning double from shortstop Sean Coffey, who would come around to score on an error by the Winsted shortstop.

Torrington's offensive highlight, though, was certainly Brad Ellis’ at bat in the third inning when he came up with two outs and nobody on.

To give a little background for those who have never made their way over to Walker Field, there are no outfield fences.

There are simply a few buildings off in right field marked at 385 feet, but other than that, there's nothing to stop a hard-hit ball.

Ellis managed to find those buildings out in right field though, nearly on the fly.

Winsted right fielder Sam Foley dove for the ball, but it flew past him and bounced out to the wall of the building.

By the time Winsted had gotten the ball back to the infield, Ellis had already rounded the bases and was heading back to the dugout.

Oley would buckle down after that, however, only allowing just one more hit in his remaining three innings on the bump.

Losses like this are tough; Torrington managed to battle for two runs off of very strong pitching from Winsted (5-3), but one single inning’s worth of runs from the Winsted lineup was enough to prevent the P38s from taking home the win.

Torrington (1-9) looks to bounce back on the road Thursday, June 28th against Plainville at 5:45.

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